Australian world champion pulls out of CWG over security

Australian discus world champion Dani Samuels has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2010, 18:13 PM IST

Sydney: Australian discus world champion Dani Samuels has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi next month because of security and health concerns, her coach was quoted as saying by Australian Associated Press on Tuesday.

Her decision follows a gun attack on a tourist bus outside a famous mosque in New Delhi on Sunday, which has added to security woes ahead of the October 3-14 Games in the Indian capital.

AAP said she was the first Australian athlete to pull out over security and health fears.

"Dani is extremely distressed about it all," Samuels` manager Hayden Knowles told the news agency.
"The situation in Delhi has been bothering her for some time... But the events over the weekend made it real," he said.
Samuels, 22, won the gold medal in discus throwing in the 2009 World Championships in Germany.

Bureau Report